Hosting the Lower Austria State Exhibition 2022 is the Baroque Marchegg Palace on the Marchfeld plain.

Marchegg – also known as “stork city” for its prominent colony of white storks – was originally founded in 1268 as a frontier bastion against Hungarian invasion. The castle was originally moated and was part of the town’s fortifications. Some 400 years later, the moat was filled in, the corner bastion removed and the structure was converted into a Baroque palace. From that point on, Marchegg Palace would serve an altogether different purpose for two centuries: the Pálffy family, a line of Hungarian nobles, used it mainly as a hunting lodge and summer residence. Their former hunting grounds around the castle have been a designated nature reserve for nearly 50 years.

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